City of Poughkeepsie Joins Hudson Valley Community Power Community Choice Aggregation Program
On Tuesday, May 14th, Hudson Valley Community Power, a new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, was launched. As of July 1, 2019, the default energy supply in the City of Poughkeepsie will be 100% renewable, sourced from New York State clean energy facilities.
Hudson Valley Community Power is a community-based bulk energy purchasing program aimed at advancing a local transition to renewable energy use, in the spirit of focused renewable energy efforts at the state level – all while lowering the electricity bills of residents and small businesses in the participating communities.
Hudson Valley Community Power allows the participating communities, which also include Beacon, Cold Spring, the Town of Fishkill, Philipstown, Marbletown, and Red Hook, to leverage the collective buying power of their homes and small businesses to negotiate energy supply rates, designate preferred generation sources, and select an Energy Services Company as the default electricity supplier. The City of Poughkeepsie will benefit from the collective buying power of its own community, as well as from joining with other municipalities to further leverage bulk buying power.
This launch is the result of a competitive procurement process, in which Joule Community (acting as Program Administrator) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for energy suppliers to bid a more competitive price relative to the default energy supplier, Central Hudson, on behalf of the participating communities. As the result of this process, Direct Energy has been selected as the new default supplier for residents and small businesses in the City of Poughkeepsie.
In participating communities, the benchmark Central Hudson rate for the 12 months of April 2018-2019 was $0.06870. The new default fixed rate is $0.06361 and provides 100% New York renewably generated electricity.
Homeowners and small businesses who do not already have an agreement with a third party electricity supplier will be automatically enrolled in the program, but may opt out at any time with no penalty. Customers who have a contract with a third-party supplier must first exit that contract before electing to opt into the Community Choice program.
Mayor Rob Rolison said, “Lowering electric rates while at the same time sourcing 100% of our energy from renewable sources, is a win for everyone who participates and a win for the environment. New collaborations with our neighboring communities is a win for the entire region.”
Councilmember Sarah Salem (D-2nd Ward), who introduced the legislation in March of 2018 said, “This is an exciting moment for the City of Poughkeepsie. This program represents a paradigm shift to a local consumer energy choice system that is ushering a swift transition toward 100% renewable energy supply for the City of Poughkeepsie and all of our partnering municipalities. A Green New Deal for the Hudson Valley.”
For questions about the new program, or to opt-out, please contact Hudson Valley Community Power at 845-859-9099 or email them at [email protected].